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Saisissez vs. Cle [closed]

I'm under the impression that the words "saisissez" and "clé" mean the same thing: "key". Is there a meaningful difference between the two words? Do they have any alternate meanings?
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How to say “at least” as in “at least help me!”

How do you express "At least" as in the sentence "At least help me!" I think it's (literally) "au moins" but that sounds a bit strange. Thanks!
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Ways to express “what's happening”, “what happened”, or “what will happen” in French

I've been having trouble looking for ways to say "what happened", "what's happening", and "what will happen" in French. I feel it's "Ce qui s'a passé", "Ce qui se passe", and "Ce qui se passera". ...
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Is this a correct translation of “I don't want them to die”?

Is "Je ne veux pas qu'ils à mourir" a good translation or should you use "Je ne veux pas qu'ils meurent"?
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How to say “this early” as in “I have never been this early” in French?

How do you say something like "I have never been this bad" in French? Or something like that? How do you say the "This bad" part? Also, do you say "I have never been" as "Je n'ai jamais été"? Or is ...
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Meaning of “je vais pas en plus venir…” ?

I stumbled upon the sentence: Déjà je suis née fille, je vais pas en plus venir parler la première. I get the meaning of the sentence, that's not the problem. The problem is with en plus venir. ...
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Most common ways of remarking something is weird, strange, or unusual?

A very common remark in English is simply weird, or that's weird, to express that something is generally unexpected. What's the most common way of expressing this in French? I don't want to just look ...
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How do I use Wikipedia to find a technical translation? [closed]

If I'm on the English page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridge_(music) how do I get to the French page: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pont_(musique) Someone showed me to to change the URL in the ...
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There isn't any satisfying French translation of the verb 'to groan', or is there?

The most common French translations for the English verb to groan are gémir and geindre, but this implies weak, rather high-pitched sounds. Gronder is one as in le tonnerre gronde with the right ...
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How to say “I look forward to it”?

I have an email from a supplier letting me know when something is going to be made available. I would like to thank them and say "I look forward to it". How would you say this in French?
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How to translate: multi-event and single-event

QUESTION 1: How can I translate this from english to french: multi-event single-event Google Translate gives me: multi-événement événement unique This first one sound right to me while the ...
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Traduction de « sloped backward legs »

Reviewing a translation. This is a description of a dancer's body : With my long, thin legs that sloped backward and my supersize feet, I had the ideal body for ballet. Ma version actuelle : ...
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How can I translate “I have improved”?

QUESTION 1. "I have improved" How can I translate into French "I have improved"? Google Translate gives me "Je me suis amélioré" using "to be" instead of "to have." Is that correct as translation? ...
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How do you say “would you” in French?

I read many translations of "would you" but I still doubt it. I would like to ask someone following question in French : What job would you like to have?
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Delicatessen, alias « deli » : comment le traduire en français ?

Le fameux « deli », pour delicatessen, dans le contexte new-yorkais d'un "deli" qui livre des café-bagels aux particuliers habitants le quartier. Si l'on traduit deli par déli, on part du principe qu'...
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How to express “… , but to (do) …” in colloquial French?

"I was well aware of your desire to be his successor, but to resort to murder!?" « J'étais bien conscient de votre désir de lui succéder, mais de là à avoir recours au meurtre... ? » In English, ...
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Translation of “awards”, “honors”, “achievements”

I'm writing my CV in French. How should I translate the following words and phrases into French? Awards: prize for something Honors: Outstanding Graduate of University ABC (Top 5%), recipient of ...
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What is the correct way to say “I have a bad accent” ?

What is the best way to self-effacingly say: I speak french with a bad accent. Would it be: Je parle français avec un mauvais accent anglais. The difficulty I'm having is in distinguishing ...
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How to express “unless”?

Am I correct in thinking that in French you can express the idea of “unless” in the following three different ways? I wonder if you can use them interchangeably? « Je vais prendre l'air. À ...
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« Menaces with spikes of » ?

This is a native aluminum earring. All craftsmanship is of the highest quality. It is studded with bismuth bronze and decorated with water buffalo leather. [This object is adorned with hanging ...
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Translation of “People less fortunate than us”

How can we say “people less fortunate than us” for example in terms of condition, wealth, health, etc. La solidarité, il s'agit d'aider des gens moins fortunés (moins chanceux? moins heureux? avec ...
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“The Queen” in French [closed]

The queen in England is called "The Queen", but how do you translate this into French? What I read in the dictionary is confusing. Please keep the answer simple as I'm not fluent in English (and not ...
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How to express “being left to do” in colloquial French?

“I don't appreciate being left to do all the hard work.” It’s different from just saying “I don't appreciate doing all the hard work.”; the idea of “being left to do” is important. Someone else ...
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Best translation for “I'm back” ?

I used to translate I'm back as "Je suis retourné" but eventually I changed that to "Je suis de retour." Am I right nowadays, is that the most idiomatic way of expressing that?
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Un équivalent du mot anglais « application » pour une procédure administrative

Je cherche un mot en français courant qui pourrait remplacer « application » en anglais, dans le contexte où il s'agit d'une procédure administrative, impliquant dossiers et paiements…
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Alternatives ou meilleure traduction pour le mot blog

Existe-t-il une meilleure traduction française pour "blog"? Je vois le mot existe dans le Larousse, mais j'aurais aimé un mot différent de l'anglais.
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Translation of all that is gold does not glitter [closed]

Je ne parle pas bien Français, mais Je fais un imprimé typographique de célèbre le Seigneur des Anneaux poème en Français. Le imprimé est pour ma copine Français, donc j'espère si quelqu peut faire ...
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Standard, common ways of phrasing questions of the form “How was…” ?

Here are some examples of the type of questions I'm thinking of: "How was your meal?" / "How is your meal?" "How was the concert?" "How is your day going?" "How did the meeting go?" "How was your ...
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Normal way of saying “I'm sure you'd agree”

I want to say a rough equivalent of "I'm sure you'd agree that it's important to ...". I don't really recall hearing a French equivalent, so I've written "Je suis sûr que vous êtes d’accord que c'est ...
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Translate “algebra structure on” in mathematics

I want to translate this sentence in French. We study the Hopf algebra structure on the vector space spanned by [something] In fact, this is what I tried. Nous présentons une structure d’...
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Is “D'où vient que…” a common expression?

My understanding is that this is translated as "How is it that..." which is an extremely common phrasing in English, but typing this into google does not give any auto-suggest results, leading me to ...
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Quel est le français pour « SQL » ?

J'ai cherché en ligne et j'ai trouvé « langage d'interrogation de données » Personellement, j'aurais plutôt pensé que ça devrais être « langue de requête structurée » ou quelque chose d'assez proche....
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Télécharger, one word in french , two correspondent words in English? [duplicate]

I am creating a menu for a website and the translation agency has send me the french translations for it. I am now struggling with the fact that the menu items are too long. Submit CV has been ...
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Mot français pour « craft »

Voici la phrase que j'essaie de traduire : « Programming is a craft. » Littéralement : « La programmation est un métier ». Pour moi, « craft » ne se limite pas à la notion de métier, j'y vois ...
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Une traduction de « wildcard », appliqué à des personnes ?

Je cherche un mot qui exprime une personne : qu'on peut utiliser partout qui sait « tout » sur « tout » ... Quand je cherches sur Internet, je tombe bien-sûr sur des termes techniques ...
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Resources that contrast and explain how to choose prepositions?

L2 learners are disrupted and impeded by how to select and translate prepositions (even between languages of the same language family!). I know of the randomness of Functional Morphemes' semantic ...
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« La gauche » est utilisé pour se référer à un parti ou à tous les partis ?

Aujourd'hui, j'ai trouvé cette expression dans Babbel. Je pensais qu'elle se référait à plusieurs partis politiques mais Babbel la traduit par « A left wing political party ». Est-ce l'usage habituel ...
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Sympathy note tone and grammar check for partner's sick parent (en Fr)

Lots of context: My partner's stepfather is seriously ill and the prognosis doesn't look great. I want to send flowers to his mother and stepfather. I don't want to be intrusive, but I do want to ...
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What is the correct translation for “content curation”?

Wikipedia defines content curation as: (...) the process of collecting, organizing and displaying information relevant to a particular topic or area of interest. Services or people that implement ...
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How best to translate “sounds better” or “sounds worse”?

In the sense of word choice or musical composition I often want to say that one thing "sounds better" than another, or sounds worse. I'm not sure what verb to use for this in French. "X se sonne ...
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Doit-on traduire les prénoms ?

Je suis en train de traduire une histoire d'anglais en français et je me demande s'il est préférable de traduire les prénoms utilisés ? Par exemple, "Kyle", "Kimber", etc. Ces prénoms sont ...
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Difficultly trying to translate web development words

I can't seem to find the exact matching of IT-related words to translate a CV. For example, some of the words and their closest interpretations I found online are: front end = frontend back ...
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Est-ce que qualité veux dire quelque chose de bien?

Ce matin j'ai étudié le français avec Babbel et j'ai traduit cette phrase: Curiosity is a good quality Et la traduction est: La curiosité est une qualité Je pensais que la définition de ...
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die attach package void analysis in French

I'm having issues to make an accurate translation of this sentence. This is a word/phrase that is a bit complex to translate, so I would like to explain a bit about it. It's compound of 3 separate ...
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Action de mettre quelque chose à l'horaire

En anglais, on peut utiliser le verbe : "To schedule" qui implique de mettre quelque chose à l'horaire (ou à son calendrier, peu importe). En français, si je ne m'abuse "céduler" est un anglicisme, ...
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Pourquoi utilise-t-on « si » dans la traduction : « Si on sortait ensemble ce soir ? » ?

Je suis en train d'étudier le français avec Babbel et je dois traduire cette phrase: Are we going out tonight? Et la solution est: Si on sortait ensemble ce soir ? Je ne comprends pas ...
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Translation / Grammar of “Do you want me to speak French?”

Despite the basic grammar I've learned, I still don't know how to translate the following: "Do you want me to speak French?". I can say Est-ce que tu veux parler français? If I try to put in a ...
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What is the French translation of “induced subgraphs”?

I'm a French student studying graph theory and I encountered a translation issue while helping a boy on the math.stackexchange site. A vertex-induced subgraph (sometimes simply called an "induced ...
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Can I use “fiducial” in the term “fiducial calibration”?

Fiducial calibration is a calibration of an x-ray machine using fiducial marks or fiducial markers to find positional differences between samples. I'm not sure if it's correct to say 'calibration ...
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What is the difference between “attendre quelque chose” and “s'attendre à quelque chose”?

This is a question that came up in my translation class but my tutor was a little contradictory. He said that "s'attendre à quelque chose" is used where there is a connotation of anticipation, and ...